NHL Power Rankings: Oilers are ascending, thanks to Connor McDavid's sensational season


When the Bruins tattooed Linus Ullmark to a four-year agreement worth $20 million, I believed it was among the worst finalizings of that offseason. Ullmark has actually made me look much more silly than typical. He is a clear frontrunner for the 2023 Vezina Trophy, and he just recently notched his 25th win in simply 30 video games played. He is now the second-fastest goalie in NHL history to reach that mark. Former Bruins goaltender Tiny Thompson struck 25 wins in 29 video games in the 1929-30 season. — 38-5-4

On Sunday, Jack Hughes scored his 30th objective of the season, and he is well on his method to eclipsing the 50-goal mark this season. In his very first number of NHL seasons, Hughes accumulated scoring possibilities left and right, however he was not able to end up. That has actually not been a concern this year, and the Devils are gaining the benefits. 3 31-12-4

Unfortunately for Max Pacioretty, the Hurricanes, and fans of quality hockey, Pacioretty re-tore his Achilles recently. Pacioretty had actually simply returned after tearing his Achilles in the offseason, and he scored 3 objectives in his very first 5 video games as a member of the Hurricanes. Even without Pacioretty, this Carolina group is really powerful, however it appeared like he was the best suitable for what the Canes required. — 29-9-8

One week earlier, Steven Stamkos scored a hat technique versus the Canucks while likewise taping the 500th objective of his profession. Stamkos is among 3 active gamers — in addition to Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby — to have 500 objectives. Stamkos has actually fought through numerous considerable injuries throughout his profession to stay among the NHL’s finest gamers for well over a years now. 2 30-15-1

In the last month, the Rangers have actually been doing the job with defense. Since Dec. 24, the Rangers rank 2nd in objectives versus (18) and 3rd in anticipated objectives versus (36.16), according to Natural Stat Trick. Last season, the Rangers required Igor Shesterkin to be superhuman in objective, and he was. They have actually lightened his load a bit this year. 1 26-14-7

Maple Leafs
William Nylander has a fondness for going on scoring benders, and he is on one today. In his last 4 video games, Nylander has 4 objectives and 9 points. He is now connected with Mitch Marner for the group lead in points (56). With Auston Matthews and John Tavares rolling too, Toronto has a four-headed beast in advance. 1 29-11-8

Connor McDavid continued his damage of the NHL with his 40th objective of the season versus the Canucks. McDavid has actually just played 48 video games, and he may be within reach of 70 in the last week of the routine season. While McDavid cooks opposing protectors and goaltenders, the Oilers have actually now won 6 in a row. Edmonton is simply 3 points behind the Golden Knights for top place in the Pacific Division. 7 27-18-3

Nikolaj Ehlers suffered a sports hernia on Oct. 17 and missed out on an almost 3 months after going through surgical treatment. Since going back to the lineup on Jan. 6, Ehlers has actually scored 4 objectives and tallied 14 points in 11 video games. Ehlers will offer a huge increase to a group that is currently competing for a department. — 31-17-1

With 15 objectives in 43 video games, Artturi Lehkonen is simply 4 far from exceeding his profession high. Aside from Lehkonen’s goal-scoring, the Avs have actually managed 55.04% of the anticipated objectives with him on the ice at five-on-five. Now, Colorado is getting healthier, and the group has actually won 5 in a row. 6 26-17-3

When the Kraken picked Vince Dunn in the 2021 growth draft, they hoped he might end up being a legitimate top-four defenseman. He has actually turned into that function this year. Seattle has actually been terrific with him on the ice at five-on-five. In those circumstances, the Kraken have an unreasonable plus-29 objective differential. 4 27-14-5

Few goaltenders — if any — have actually been as excellent as Jake Oettinger over the last month. Since Dec. 24, Oettinger has actually conserved 11.08 objectives above average, according to Natural Stat Trick. That is simply above Juuse Saros, who is the next finest goaltender at 10.86 objectives conserved above average because stretch. 2 28-13-8

Veteran defenseman Matt Dumba was scratched in 2 successive video games recently, and it appears like his time with the franchise is pertaining to an end. There was currently trade speculation around Dumba, and this previous week has actually just enhanced that. Dumba isn’t having the very best season of his 10-year profession, however he might be a huge addition for a Stanley Cup competitor. 2 25-17-4

With his objective in the Sabres’ overtime win over the Stars on Monday, Rasmus Dahlin ended up being the very first Buffalo defenseman because Alexei Zhitnik in 1997-98 to score a minimum of 14 objectives in a single season. Dahlin might perhaps strike the 25-goal mark this year, and at this moment, it appears like the 22-year-old will be a Vezina Trophy finalist. 4 25-19-3

After a good run in the middle of some bad injury luck, the Capitals have actually begun to wander back into the middle of the pack. Washington has actually won 4 of its last 10 video games, and Pittsburgh is simply 2 points behind it in the standings with 3 video games in hand. The Caps have actually gotten essential gamers back from injury, however that hasn’t equated to much better outcomes on the ice. 2 25-19-6

As it ends up, possibly Pheonix Copley was not the response to the Kings’ goaltending troubles. Since Copley got his very first start on Dec. 6, he and Jonathan Quick have actually integrated to give up 9.94 objectives above average, per Natural Stat Trick. That has actually added to some middling lead to the month of January. 4 27-17-6

Congratulations to Jakob Pelletier, a first-round choice in the 2019 draft who played his very first NHL video game recently. Your head coach absolutely understands who you are, and he believes you did a bang-up task in your big-league launching. — 23-16-9

Golden Knights
The Golden Knights have actually silently been rather pedestrian over the couple of weeks, which has actually enabled other groups to capture them in the Pacific Division standings. In the last month, Vegas has actually gone 5-6-2 with a minus-5 objective differential, and it’s not always a matter of bad luck. The Golden Knights have actually scored 36 objectives and enabled 41 because period, which is ideal in line with their anticipated objective numbers, per Natural Stat Trick. 4 29-17-3

The Penguins are counting on Jeff Carter to play a third-line center function behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, however he has actually gone ice cold recently. Carter hasn’t tape-recorded a point in his last 8 video games, and he has simply one point in his last 10 video games. Pittsburgh needs to get contributions from even more down the lineup, however that hasn’t occurred much this month. 1 24-15-8

Brandon Montour is having an extraordinary season for the Panthers, and he has actually currently set a profession high in helps (33) and points (41) in 49 video games played. In addition to those offending numbers, Montour has actually published a five-on-five anticipated objectives share of 51.75%. Montour is a huge reason that the underperforming Panthers are still in the playoff race. 2 23-21-6

For much of the John Hynes age, the Predators have actually apparently been content to play low-event hockey, however that has actually not held true of late. Since Dec. 24, the Preds lead the league in anticipated objectives for (54.3), and they are 31st in anticipated objectives versus (54.38). Nashville has actually been playing more broad open video games in current weeks, and the group is 9-5-1 because stretch. 2 23-18-6

The Blues remain in a hard area today. They lag numerous groups on the incorrect side of the playoff bubble, and they have actually struggled to discover any sort of consistency in their video game this year. That stated, there is some excellent news. Vladimir Tarasenko and Torey Krug both went back to the lineup on Tuesday night, so possibly they can begin this St. Louis team. 3 23-22-3

Cam York, the No. 14 total choice in the 2019 NHL Draft, has actually flown under the radar as one of the much better stories for the Flyers this season. York has 10 points in 22 video games because making his season launching on Dec. 9, and he has a few of the very best hidden numbers on the group. With York on the ice at five-on-five, Philadelphia has actually outscored challengers 18-10, per Natural Stat Trick. 2 20-21-8

Red Wings
Ville Husso left to a strong start with the Red Wings, however he has actually trailed off towards the middle of the season. In his 33 looks, Husso has actually published -3.30 objectives conserved above average, per Natural Stat Trick. Back on Dec. 1, that number looked far better at 3.19 objectives conserved above average. 1 20-18-8

An currently awful Canadiens group simply got back at worse with the news that leading scorer Cole Caufield will miss out on the remainder of the routine season with a shoulder injury. Of course, that simply made it even funnier when Montreal beat Toronto on Saturday. 3 20-25-3

Claude Giroux was pacing for more than 30 objectives in his very first season with the Senators, however he has actually lost a few of that scoring touch. Giroux has yet to score an objective in 2023, which indicates his objective dry spell has actually now reached 10 video games. Barring a significant turn-around, the Sens aren’t going to the playoffs, however it’s still essential to get Giroux going as the group constructs towards next season. — 20-23-3

The Islanders are formally spiraling. They have actually won among their last 10 video games and have actually gotten simply 4 points in the standings over that stretch. The Isles are still just 3 mention of the 2nd wild card area in the Eastern Conference, however numerous groups ahead of them have 3 video games in hand. 3 23-21-5

It will be intriguing to see what the trade market resembles for Adam Henrique. The 32-year-old forward has another year left on his agreement at $5.825 million, and he currently has 16 objectives on the season. Henrique is a best trade chip for the Ducks, and he might assist a group in requirement of depth scoring, however discovering a club that can make the cash work might be the most significant obstacle. 3 14-29-5

With losses to the Red Wings and Blue Jackets in the recently, the Sharks did some strong operate in their tanking efforts. San Jose still has some work to do in order to capture the similarity the Coyotes and Blackhawks, however that will get much easier as the group begins to sell a few of its finest gamers. 1 14-25-10

I’ll provide you 3 guesses to find out the Blackhawks’ leading scorer. No, it’s not Patrick Kane. No, it’s not Jonathan Toews. No, it’s not Seth Jones. Thanks for playing. It’s really Max Domi, who the group signed to a one-year handle the offseason. Domi is on track to have his finest season because 2018-19, however he might not remain in Chicago by the end of the routine season. 2 14-28-4

Blue Jackets
Johnny Gaudreau made his go back to Calgary on Monday night, and the Flames’ fan base provided him an icy reception. Gaudreau did notch a set of helps, however he missed out on a charge shot and devoted a turnover in overtime that resulted in the game-winning objective for the Flames. 2 14-30-3

Vancouver has actually been terribly hectic this previous week. On Sunday, the Canucks fired head coach Bruce Boudreau after letting him hang in the wind for the much better part of the month. They right away changed him with Rick Tocchet, who got a combined reception from the fans ahead of the group’s Tuesday night clash with the Blackhawks. A couple of minutes into the video game, somebody tossed a Canucks jersey onto the ice in disgust. The Canucks did control the Blackhawks in Tochhet’s launching, however we’ll see if that was more than a new-coach bump. 5 19-25-3

In among the most significant tank-a-thon matches of the season, the Coyotes got pasted by the Ducks, 5-2. Getting creamed by a group that got in the night with a minus-86 objective differential is a genuinely amazing sort of gross. — 15-28-5

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